We are pretty sure that you would be having a garden hose but the problem with the garden hose is that it doesn’t generate a high pressure which is enough to clear off the muck. For this type of usage, you usually get pressure washers but not everyone wishes to spend on them .
Do you know that you can convert your ordinary garden hose into a pressure washer? Well, yes, there is a way to do so and in this article, we have listed the steps that you need to follow to convert your garden hose into a pressure washer.
Table of Contents
- Why Convert Instead Of Buying?
- Turning Your Hose Into A Pressure Washer
- Quicken Your Home Cleaning Tasks
Why Convert Instead Of Buying?
If you are wondering why you need to convert your hose into a pressure washer, keep in mind that there is no point in buying another tool if you already have something that has a similar function.
Your usual garden hose which is also known as the water hose or sometimes hose pipe will provide you with various uses within the household and not just limited use for watering the plants.
You can use hose pipe for cleaning purposes also which will even clear off the hard to get grime off your walls and floors.
What makes pressure washers different from your regular gardening hose is that pressure washers come along with accessories such as nozzles and hose which can be very handy.
Now that you already got the hose you just need a suitable nozzle for that. It’s not that hard, right?
Turning Your Hose Into A Pressure Washer
Before we begin talking about the process, it must be noted that we will be using a fireman-type nozzle to achieve our target. Let us now look at the detailed steps required for you to convert your hose into a pressure washer.
Step 1: Inspect Your Existing Hose
The first step is to inspect the existing garden hose. You must inspect the end of the hose which is screwed to the tap and observe the rubber washer. Ensure that the rubber washer is in proper condition. If you notice cracks on the rubber washer then go ahead and change it with a new one. If the hose is still in good condition without any damages then you can proceed with the process.
You would need the hose to be in a good condition because we will be using a high pressure hose and that will put a lot of stress on the hose.
Step 2: Inspect The Pipe
Now since you have inspected the end of the hose, inspect the complete pipe as well. Ensure that there are no cracks and holes anywhere on the pipe. Do not use a very long hose as it reduces the pressure significantly. Have the optimal length so that you are able to reach the space where you wish to use it.
The hose needs to be clean because if you got some debris inside then you can’t achieve pressure, which means your hose will not turn into a pressure washer.
The hose needs to be cleaned thoroughly. To avoid damaging the hose it is recommended that you use an old toothbrush for cleaning purposes. There would be small particles on the hose which the toothbrush will help in getting rid of. Remember to clean the hose from both ends.
Step 3: Check The Hose Length
You need to make sure that the hose is long enough so that you can reach all the excess water from your driveway or patio. However, you should not make the hose too long as it will tend to lose pressure. You can use a hose no more than 25 feet in length. If your hose is longer than this, then you need to cut a few inches from its end.
To cut your hose precisely, you need to cut it in a straight line. To achieve that, you can use a simple hose cutter which will effortlessly snap the hose. You can also remove the hose from your hose pipe and then cut hose pipe using a hacksaw or by holding hose pipe very tightly and twist the hose until it snaps off.
However, don’t use any hose cutters on the hose pipe because it will damage it.
Step 4: Attach The High-Pressure Nozzle
Now attach the fireman-type nozzle to the other end of the hose. These nozzles are easily available at the hardware shop and they aren’t really very expensive. You can purchase a 250 psi fireman nozzle for this purpose. Once that is done, you are ready with your pressure washer.
On a side note, you can also use a household hose nozzle instead of a fireman-type nozzle. However, it is highly recommended that you should buy hose nozzles from a reliable source to ensure that the nozzle is compatible with your hose and is reliable enough to handle the pressure.
Step 5: Adjust The Needed Amount Of Water Flow
Now connect the hose to a tap. In order to achieve maximum pressure, you need to turn the tap on full blast and ensure that the hose is pointed in such a way that water flows from the hose straight into that particular direction.
You can sprinkle the hose to adjust the amount of water flow. The hose needs to be on before you decide how much pressure you need it to release. If you point the hose in multiple directions then that will help in adjusting pressure, because a hose nozzle has an adjustable pattern which controls the direction and intensity of water flow when the hose is pointed in multiple directions.
Wait for a few seconds until a sufficient amount of water flows out of the hose. Adjust the hose so that it is pointed towards your target and the nozzle is facing downwards.
To utilize this kind of nozzle better you need to ensure that the water is going downwards to achieve maximum pressure. And also, ensure that hose is not facing downwards as it will shoot water sideways and reduce the amount of pressure on your target.
Step 6: Remove & Store When Not Needed
Now you are ready with your hose that is converted into a pressure washer. You can use this hose to clean off the muddiness and dirt from your driveway or patio. However, when you wish to store it or remove it for any reason, then takethe hose off before turning the tap off as some water will be left inside the hose. If the hose is still connected to the tap, there are chances that the hose will burst.
Check the hose and nozzle every time after using it, to ensure that the hose does not burst. If you see a crack on the hose or if you think that the hose will burst anytime then go ahead and get it replaced immediately. You can also ask your local hardware store to provide this hose for you
Quicken Your Home Cleaning Tasks
You can start using the hose as a pressure washer now and one thing that you need to take care of is that you need to inspect the hose regularly .
Also, we recommend using safety glasses while you are using the pressure washer or when you are using your hose as a pressure washer as this reduces the chances of injury quite significantly.
Enjoy your DIY home pressure washer!